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UMass CALLS—UMass Community Action through Leadership, Learning, and Service

Nested in Student Activities and Involvement, UMass CALLS (UMass Community Action through Leadership, Learning, and Service) is a central portal into the array of volunteer, community service, leadership, and community building programs and opportunities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

UMass CALLS offers its own suite of programs, serves as a resource for both students and communities interested in student engagement, and collaborates with both on-campus groups and community organizations in their own engaged efforts. Through these activities, UMass CALLS facilitates and strengthens relationships between UMass Amherst and surrounding communities.

            Some of UMass CALLS structured programs that begin this fall include the Mass Impact Day of Service, Take the Lead leadership development programs, and two Alternative Spring Breaks. On September 26th, Mass Impact will bring the energy and service of over 500 students, staff, and faculty to nearly 40 different community organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley to work on projects ranging from digging garden beds for environmental justice organizations to maintaining public parks.

Beginning in October, Take the Lead offers students the opportunity to learn leadership skills and values while connecting them to campus and community organizations.  This program works well for students who are looking to get involved in campus or community organizations, students interested in developing their leadership skills, and students who are already developing leaders in campus and community groups and are interested in structure, guidance, and theory around leadership development or a structure and guidance  around developing and leading a particular civic or community-based project.

And, also beginning in October, two student led Alternative Spring Breaks (ASB) will begin to meet and accept applications.  One ASB will go to Washington DC to work with two different community organizations responding to social inequality and poverty. The other ASB is focused on food politics and will work with community organizations in the Pioneer Valley that are organizing around food justice and creating alternative economic food practices.

For more information about any of the above, visit UMass CALLS website and/or contact the program director Boone Shear